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Susan Ashley

Professor, Chair of Economics and Business

Susan Ashley teaches nineteenth and twentieth century European history, with an emphasis on intellectual and social history.  Her courses include: Civilization in the West; The Mediterranean; Nature and Society; European Intellectual History; Crime and Punishment; Europe in the Age of Revolution, 1789 - 1870; and The Age of Ideology, 1870 - 1939 

Professor Ashley arrived at CC in 1970 after graduating from Carleton College and earning a M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She also holds a Certificate from the European Institute of Columbia.  Susan chaired the History Department at CC twice and served as Dean of the College and Dean of the Faculty from 2005 - 2012. She also directed the ACM Florence and London-Florence programs three times and was the President of the Western Society for French History.

In addition to her many articles and conference papers, Susan published chapters in the books Seeking Real Truths: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Machiavelli and The Human Tradition in Modern France. She also authored Making Liberalism Work: The Italian Experience, 1860-1914.  Her current research is focused on conceptions of marginality in late 19th and early 20th century Europe. 

Check out Susan's most recent publication, "Misfits” in Fin-de-Siècle France and Italy: Anatomies of Difference

Regular Classes

  • HY104 - Culture, Society & History: The Mediterranean
  • HY211 - Crime and Punishment
  • HY255 - Nature and Society
  • HY288 - European Intellectual History
  • HY410 - Senior Seminar: Nature in History


    • B.A., Carleton College
    • M.A., Columbia University
    • Ph.D., Columbia University
    • Certificate from the European Institute of Columbia